Nicki Minaj's Comments About "White Rappers" Has Sparked A Huge Internet Debate

19 December 2017, 12:04 | Updated: 24 August 2018, 10:28

Nicki Minaj & G-Eazy
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Woodrow Whyte

By Woodrow Whyte

Some people just can't handle the facts.

If you looked at the top 10 rap songs on US iTunes right now and saw Eminem, Post Malone, G-Eazy, Machine Gun Kelly, NF and Macklemore, what do you think you'd notice about it? Looks kinda...white, don't you think?

Well you wouldn't be the only one with a working set of eyes. As reported by Teen Vogue, Nicki Minaj posted a screenshot of the chart to her Instagram over the weekend (Dec 16) and it has started a huge debate about white artists in hip-hop. Unfortunately, Nicki is getting a lot of heat for even drawing attention to the phenomena in the first place.

Nicki originally posted a screenshot of the chart to her Insta stories on the night of December 16 with the caption, “These are the top 10 rap songs on US iTunes. S/O to Em & Post. Two of my faves. Congrats to Em on his new album. #Motorsport put dat thing in sport.”

After receiving criticism about the post, XXL reports that Nicki then updated the caption to this: “Update blocking all u sensitive d*ck riders. It IS a great time to be a white rapper in America. I wanna sign one for my new label. U know anyone? I spk my mthafkn mind n if u don’t like it gtfo my page d*ck rida! Y’all can never wait to ride the Queen d*ck! Sensitive a*s ig thugs. Gtfoh.”

It didn't stop there however. Nicki then deleted the post completely and posted again (which is also now-deleted) of an interview with J Cole discussing white artists performing in historically black genres. In the caption, Nicki writes "Whenever a black woman speaks on ANYTHING she’s labeled as 'mad' 'angry' 'bitter.'” Many have interpreted this as Nicki calling out a double standard in which black women will be discredited more than men, even if they are making the exact same point.

The posts have certainly got people talking. Many feel the initial post was just an observation which is worthy of a discussion. Others thought Nicki was unnecessarily bringing race into the issue and was upset about the success of white artists. Given that Nicki was congratulating Eminem and Post Malone on their achievements, we don't really think this was the case.

Here's the tea: there's a lot of white rappers in the top 10 right now. That's just a fact. We for one would be quite interested to know what the one of the most successful black (and female) rappers of all time might think about that. Just let Nicki speak ffs.